Indian Nations of Wisconsin:
Histories of Endurance and Renewal

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From origin stories to contemporary struggles over treaty rights and sovereignty issues, Indian Nations of Wisconsinexplores Wisconsin's rich Native tradition. This unique volume—based on the historical perspectives of the state’s Native peoples—includes compact tribal histories of the Ojibwe, Potawatomi, Oneida, Menominee, Mohican, Ho-Chunk, and Brothertown Indians. Author Patty Loew focuses on oral tradition—stories, songs, the recorded words of Indian treaty negotiators, and interviews—along with other untapped Native sources, such as tribal newspapers, to present a distinctly different view of history. Lavishly illustrated with maps and photographs, Indian Nations of Wisconsin is indispensable to anyone interested in the region's history and its Native peoples.

The first edition of Indian Nations of Wisconsin: Histories of Endurance and Renewal, won the Wisconsin Library Association's 2002 Outstanding Book Award.

Bibliographic information

Title:  Indian Nations of Wisconsin: Histories of Endurance and Renewal, 2 Edition
Author:  Patty Loew
Publisher:  Wisconsin Historical Society, 2013
ISBN:  0870205943, 9780870205941
Length:  208 pages


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Act 31 Across Wisconsin

  • The state of Wisconsin was charged with creating a curriculum for grades 4-12 on American Indian treaty rights. It included a mandate for school programming to give students an understanding of different value systems, cultures, and human relations. 
  • Schools are required to teach American Indian studies at least 3 times throughout a student’s K-12 career and must maintain instructional materials which appropriately reflect diverse cultures.